posted on Nov, 16 2006 @ 06:01 AM
I was in Paestum (Posidonia) in Magna Graecia last year and visited the Hera Temple.
Magna Graecia (Latin for "Greater Greece," Megalê Hellas/Μεγάλη Ελλάς in Greek) is the name of the area in the Southern Italy that was
colonised by Greek settlers in the 8th century BC, who brought with them the lasting imprint of their Hellenic civilization.
Paestum is the classical Roman name of a major Graeco-Roman city in the Campania region of Italy. It is located near the coast about 85 km SE of
Naples in the province of Salerno and belongs to the comune of Capaccio.
The temple of Hera is the oldest surviving temple in Paestum, being built in around 550 BCE. 18th century archeologists named it "The Basilica"
because they mistakenly believed it to be a Roman building. A basilica in Roman times was a civil building, not a religious one. Later, an altar was
unearthed in front of the temple; it was situated externally so that the faithful, who were forbidden to enter the temple, could attend rites and
sacrifices. Small terracotta offertory statues found around the altar establish the building as a temple dedicated to Hera.
Here is the picture of the Hera temple that I took: